Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Cllr. Adam Duguid, Conservative (Market Rasen Ward) told a meeting of the Full Council last night that contractors would be on site during the autumn and construction would take 18 months. Cllr. Duguid said:
"This will mean that during the summer of 2012 – Olympic year – Market Rasen will have the swimming pool that has been wanted for so long."
The site for the development is on Willingham Road on land currently occupied by the Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club.
Cllr. Duguid said: "We have come to an agreement with the rugby club that they will move to a site on the other side of the road where there will be a new club house with changing facilities, three pitches – one floodlit – a training pitch and car parking. A funding bid has been made to the Rugby Football Union to help with the costs.
"This is what makes this project so exciting – not only does the town get a fantastic new pool but the excellent rugby club, which has a thriving junior and senior membership – gets wonderful new facilities."
Peter Dixon, President of Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club said:
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the rugby club which is currently enjoying great playing success. The new facilities will allow the club to build on that success in future years. Rugby has always been a major part of the town’s sporting scene and the club is proud to play a part in this tremendous development for the people of Market Rasen and the surrounding area."Cllr. Duguid said the whole development, which is subject to contract, was great news for Market Rasen.
"Local people and visitors will have a wonderful swimming pool, gym and rugby facilities in the same area as golf, the race course and Willingham Woods; it will be a splendid sporting and leisure attraction."